Are labels that important?

When I first registered to vote, I was 18 years old. I did so as a Democrat. My parents were registered as Democrats, and almost everyone we knew was a Democrat. Republicans were few and far between. In those days, there were many factions within the Democratic Party. Some folks were liberal, some conservative, and some moderate, more liberal on …

He’s Not the Other Guy

It has been said that you will see everything if you live long enough. Well, I guess I have lived long enough to see things I never thought I would see. The assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy. The Vietnam War. Watergate and the resignation of a one-time very popular president. The taking of American hostages in …

Beware of the Media – April 4, 2024

Last week, LaPolitics, a publication that covers Louisiana politics and the state legislature, published a “hit” piece on my tenure as Chairman of the Louisiana Tax Commission (2016 – 2023), the state agency that oversees Louisiana’s 64 assessors, among other duties. The article included two interviews with disgruntled parties who appeared before the commission, one on a single tax refund …

Sobering times in America

Posted January 10, 2021. Reposted February 19, 2021 Last year, 2020, was a year many would like to forget.  Covid-19, hurricanes hitting home, and a presidential election that was forgettable at best.  The wish was that 2021 could not come soon enough.  Well, 2021 came; and, if the beginning of this year is any indication of what the rest of the year is …

And the next president is…

Today is election day, and it is almost over.  The most contentious presidential election in modern times is about to come to an end.  For over one year the national media has focused on this election; and, in both corners of the political spectrum, the media has taken sides.  The traditional news outlets such as ABC, CBS, and NBC as well as cable …

The Hypocrisy of It All

A presidential election is just a few weeks away.  Republicans and democrats alike are sniping at one another.  President Donald Trump is on the ropes, and Joe Biden cannot believe that he may just become President after several failed tries. And then Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg dies last Friday bringing more drama to the continuing soap opera we call our …

Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi: one tune, two different dances

Impeachment is a political process.  It is not a civil trial or a criminal proceeding.  Rather, impeachment is part of a political process that should not be taken lightly but is being exploited by democrats and republicans alike. Three U.S. Presidents have faced impeachment.  President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment came after the assassination of President Lincoln who had formulated a plan to peacefully reunite …

The impeachment of a president

Democrats never did accept the results of the last election, and therefore it has been a foregone conclusion that at some point during his term President Donald Trump will be impeached by the democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives.  Democrats have been looking for two and a half years for any charge or charges they could find that would serve as grounds …

John Bel Edwards for Governor

My Jefferson Parish Mailer Dear Friends, Throughout my 34 years of public service, you and I fought to protect our homestead exemption.  Governor John Bel Edwards has been a loyal supporter of the exemption as a legislator and as governor including the frozen assessment for senior citizens. When asked if he would commit to keeping the homestead exemption, Mr. Rispone said, …

Eddie Rispone: Two very big concerns

by Lawrence Chehardy This past week candidate Eddie Rispone make two by mistakes in his campaign for governor raising deep concerns about his character and his position on issues. Concern I. At last Wednesday night’s debate Mr. Rispone proposed a constitutional convention to rewrite our state’s constitution.  Without saying just what the convention would look like or what changes to the …